Through all the crowds, screaming kids, long lines and decision-making and the other things that distract from a magical experience, there is one thing that we definitely look forward to at Walt Disney World:
The dining! The food! The atmosphere! We wish that there was a place we could say “don’t go there,” but so far we haven’t found it when it comes to our appetites.
We have had breakfast, lunch or dinner at Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Fulton’s Crab House, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Boma – Flavors of Africa, Ohana, Liberty Tree Tavern, T-Rex, Yak & Yeti, The Crystal Palace, The Garden Grill, Hollywood & Vine, Rainforest Café, and San Angel Inn Restaurante. And to think, we have only just begun! So many restaurants – so little time.
Counting the quick service locations and snack kiosks, there are over 400 food outlets just within the Walt Disney World parks and resorts, and Disney has a dedicated 7000 square foot test kitchen to come up with all those recipes! (Hopefully we will get to blog about that sometime soon).
But no matter where we eat, without exception, the food is always amazing – and the Disney magic goes beyond the food and makes eating a unique experience, whether it is character dining, the exquisite atmosphere, or the history behind the location.
It would be impossible to describe each dish or dining experience, so you will just have to take our word for it. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these restaurants require reservations. Reservations for Walt Disney World restaurants open 6 months in advance, and times for the most popular restaurants fill up quickly.
When searching for a place to make dining reservations, don’t forget the various resort hotels. “Boma – Flavors of Africa” at the Jambo House in the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge offers some exotic flavors from the African continent. Ohana in the Polynesian Resort is a Character experience with Lilo & Stitch, and the food is all you can eat, served family style. These restaurants are open to anyone – you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy the food; just make sure you have some form of transportation to get you there and give yourself enough time.
For an international experience, in the World Showcase that encircles the lagoon in EPCOT, one can dine around the world – from such exotic locations as Morocco, France, Japan, China, Norway, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada and Mexico. There is even an American pavilion if a hamburger is your craving.
To make your experience even more unique, try having lunch with an imagineer or dessert while viewing the fireworks seated at Tomorrowland Terrace or on a cruise boat on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Dining at Walt Disney World can be as simple or as elegant and unique as your heart desires. All of these experiences can be arranged on the Walt Disney World dining website.
This post is about dining at Walt Disney World, so we don’t mean to sound like we are discounting the establishments at Disneyland. But with that said, we do have a couple of places at the Disneyland Resort where we don’t go – that’s just our personal preference – and we have heard others truly rave about those same places so we won’t discourage anyone from trying something new and discovering your own favorite dining experiences, whether you are in Florida or California.